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Studio Art Course Descriptions

LOWER-DIVISION COURSES: STUDIO ART

30. Basic Drawing
Introduction to various drawing media and techniques. Covers the use of line and contour, light and shadow, three-dimensional perspective, and composition. Includes the concept of self-expression in traditional and contemporary drawing. Recommended as a foundation course to be taken prior to other studio art courses. (4 units)

32. Two-Dimensional Design
This course introduces the fundamental theories and applications of two-dimensional design, essential to a wide range of art forms. The focus is on experimentation with compositional dynamics and elements of design including line, shape, value, color, texture, direction; and principles of design such as balance, proportion, unity, rhythm, and emphasis. Projects will be contextualized by the analysis of historical and contemporary artists and the potential for visual communication to transmit meaning. Conceptual strategies, techniques, and a variety of materials are explored through lectures, demonstrations, studio assignments, and critiques. (4 units)

33. Three-Dimensional Design
This is a foundation course in three-dimensional design. Through the study of three-dimensional design principles and elements, students will develop an understanding of and an appreciation for the use of design fundamentals. Through various hands-on projects, students will explore principles of three-dimensional design: harmony, contrast/variety, rhythm/repetition, emphasis, continuity, balance, and proportion. They will also explore elements of three-dimensional design: space, line, plane, mass/volume, value, texture, and color. Conceptual strategies, techniques, and a variety of materials are explored through lectures, demonstrations, studio assignments, and critiques. (4 units)

35. Basic Printmaking
Fundamentals of printmaking as an art form. Printmaking is the method of making original images by printing from a handmade design onto fine art paper. Using a hand-cranked etching press, students will create art through basic printmaking techniques, such as relief, drypoint intaglio, and the painterly medium of monotype. Previous experience in drawing recommended. (4 units)

43. Basic Painting
Introduction to painting, primarily with water-based acrylic paints. Through guided projects, students will develop a language of lines, shapes, colors, and composition to express their ideas visually. (4 units)

46. Basic Watercolor
Introduction to visual expression in the classic medium of transparent watercolor. Assignments will emphasize basic elements of shape, color, light, shadow, and composition. Previous experience in drawing recommended. (4 units)

48. Basic Mixed Media
This is a class in which some alternative materials and techniques are used to create final art works. Some of the elements that are usually covered in this course are collage, appropriation, stencils, transfers, Xerox copies, and assemblage. Some knowledge of paint techniques is helpful but not an absolute necessity. Beginners are welcome. The advanced section assumes some experience and familiarity with the techniques involved. (4 units)

50. Introduction to Black & White Film & Darkroom Photography
This course is for the lower-division student interested in learning the fundamentals of black-and-white photography as an art form. Students will learn basic film camera operation, film development, and darkroom printing techniques. Assignments will stimulate visual awareness and individual creativity. A 35 mm film camera with manual shutter speeds and aperture capabilities is suggested. (4 units)

57. Digital Photography
For lower-division students who want to develop creativity, composition, lighting, and other techniques with their digital cameras. Camera function and features will be discussed. Photographic projects will be edited and enhanced in Adobe Lightroom. Basic use of Adobe Photoshop will be introduced. Students must provide a digital camera with manual shutter speeds and aperture capabilities. (4 units)

63. Basic Ceramic Sculpture
Fundamentals of visual expression in clay, primarily through making ceramic sculpture. Especially suitable for the lower-division student. Guided exploration of various hand-building techniques and materials, including firing and glazing. May also include other techniques. (4 units)

64. Basic Sculpture
Fundamentals of making art in three-dimensional form, especially suitable for the lower-division student. Creative exploration of selected materials and techniques. Reductive, manipulative, mold making, and additive methods will be used as needed. Media varies each quarter at instructor's discretion. (4 units)

71. Digital Print Making
Taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on computer and traditional art practices. Activities include an introduction to art-making computer technology as it applies to traditional printmaking techniques. Students will create original designs on the computer, then hand-print them onto paper using a traditional etching press. Class presentations explore the societal impact of technology on the arts from the first printing press to computer output. Previous experience in printmaking or computer arts recommended. (4 units)

72. Introduction to Computer Arts and Design Theory
Taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on computer art practices, this course explores basic design theory through various art-making methods on the computer. Projects focus on experimentation with elements of design (including line, shape, value, color, texture) and principles of design (such as balance, proportion, unity, rhythm, and emphasis). Class presentations provide an overview of the computer technologies that contribute to current studio art practices. (4 units)

74. Basic Computer Imaging
Hands-on introduction to computer imaging for the lower-division student. Fundamental instruction in raster and vector based imaging software to manipulate photographs and create original imagery. Exploration of both fine art and commercial uses of digital media. Recommended as a foundation course to be taken prior to other computer art courses. (4 units)

75. Basic Graphic Design
This course examines the fundamental theories and techniques of using computers as a tool to accomplish graphic design objectives. Topics include layout of type and graphics, and page design for print medium. We will also explore the impact of the computer medium upon the aesthetics of graphic design and society. Class projects include exploration of both fine art and commercial uses of digital media. Prerequisite: ARTS 74 or 174, or permission instructor. (4 units)

97. Special Projects
For lower-division students who wish to pursue an art topic not covered in the Bulletin, under the direction of a studio art faculty member. Students will have group meetings with the instructor to discuss their progress. Open to majors or permission of instructor. (4 units)

UPPER-DIVISION COURSES: STUDIO ART

131. Life Drawing
Theory and practice of figure drawing. Emphasis on understanding the anatomy of the human form as a resource for visual expression. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 30 or permission of instructor. (5 units)

133. Intermediate Drawing
Continuation of ARTS 30 with an emphasis on the study of perspective and the anatomy of light and shadow as they relate to drawing three-dimensional forms. Prerequisite: ARTS 30 or permission of instructor. (5 units)

135. Printmaking
Continuation and extension of ARTS 35. Elaboration and refinement of fundamental printmaking techniques combined with more complex processes such as reduction relief cuts and chine collé. May be repeated twice for credit. (5 units)

143. Painting
This class builds upon the painting skills developed in Basic Painting. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal style through long term projects. Basic Painting is recommended as a prerequisite or permission of instructor to enroll. May be repeated twice for credit. (5 units)

144. Advanced Painting
Designed for the intermediate to advanced-level painting student. Assignments help students develop conceptual and formal strategies to create a series of related works that revolve around each student's individual artistic interests. Painting form and technique, as well as conceptual content and meaning, will be explored in depth, through practice and discussion. Prerequisite: ARTS 43 or 143, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

146. Watercolor
A continuation of the skills acquired in Basic Watercolor with the emphasis on development of a personal approach to the medium. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 30, 43, or 46, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

147. Native Women in Contemporary Arts
This course will examine the complex ways in which aspects of individual identity—such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion—inform the ways in which contemporary art is produced, disseminated, and consumed within art structures and institutions framed by nationalist narratives. We will specifically analyze the ways in which Native women who actively engage the contemporary arts have strategically negotiated these aspects of identity in gaining access to—or, conversely, outright dismissing—the various structures and practices that support the contemporary art world. (5 units)

148. Mixed Media 
An intermediate-level course exploring the theory and practice of combining painting with other artistic elements to create primarily two-dimensional works. With the instructor's supervision, projects may incorporate unusual surfaces, small objects, fragments of other artwork, or text. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: One painting or drawing course. (5 units)

150. Introduction to Black & White Film & Darkroom Photography
This course is for the upper-division student interested in learning the fundamentals of black-and-white photography as an art form. Students will learn basic film camera operation, film development, and darkroom printing techniques. Assignments will stimulate visual awareness and individual creativity. A 35 mm film camera with manual shutter speeds and aperture capabilities is suggested. May be repeated twice for credit. (5 units)

151. Exploring Society through Photography
For the intermediate-level photography student interested in exploring social issues through the use of photography. This course has an emphasis on portrait photography and ethics in photography. Students will also engage with individuals in our community creating a photo-based project. May be repeated twice for credit. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus and meets the ELSJ requirement. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 50, 57, 150, or 157, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

154. Intermediate Film Photography
The art and craft of black-and-white photography beyond the basic level. Covers the use of fiber-based papers and archival print processing in the darkroom. Students will also learn basic studio lighting techniques. Includes discussion of photography as it relates to contemporary fine art theory and practice. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 50 or 150, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

155. Photography on Location
This course is designed for an intermediate photography student interested in exploring the physical world we live in through photographic field trips, and projects. Includes discussion of contemporary photographic concepts and practice, and visits to local art museums and galleries. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 50, 57, 150, 151, or 157, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

156. Photography and Alternative Processes
This course provides intermediate- to advanced-level photography student an opportunity to learn alternative ways of making photographs and photo-based art. Students will learn and experiment with non-silver photography processes such as Cyanotypes, Vandyke, and Gum Bichromate. Alternative cameras and nontraditional printing methods will also be introduced. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 50, 57, 150, or 157, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

157. Digital Photography
For upper-division students who want to develop creativity, composition, lighting, and other techniques with their digital cameras. Camera function and features will be discussed. Photographic projects will be edited and enhanced in Adobe Lightroom. Basic use of Adobe Photoshop will be introduced. Students must provide a digital camera with manual shutter speeds and aperture capabilities. (5 units)

158. Intermediate Digital Photography
This course will provide all the skills necessary to make fine art inkjet prints from digital files. Students will learn intermediate techniques in digital capture, processing of digital images using Adobe Photoshop, and output using pigmented inkjet printers. Students should have a digital SLR camera capable of shooting in RAW format. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 57 or 157, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

159. Digital Storytelling Through the Visual Arts
This course will explore how the human experience can be communicated effectively through the use of media such as photography, video, and augmented reality. Stories will be created by collaborating with participants from a partnering Arrupe institution. Virtual Reality headsets will be utilized to enhance the viewer’s experience. (5 units)

163. Ceramic Sculpture

Continuation and extension of ARTS 63. Fundamentals of visual expression in clay, primarily through making ceramic sculpture. Also appropriate for the upper-division student who wishes to explore various hand-building techniques and materials, including firing and glazing. Students will construct projects of a slightly larger scale than ARTS 63 students. May be repeated twice for credit. (5 units)

164. Sculpture
Continuation and extension of ARTS 64. Also appropriate for the upper-division student who wants to learn the fundamentals of sculpture as an art form. Creative exploration of selected materials and techniques. Reductive, manipulative, mold making, and additive methods will be used as needed. Media varies each quarter at instructor's discretion. May be repeated twice for credit. (5 units)

165. Advanced Ceramics
Suitable for the intermediate and advanced student. In-depth exploration of various hand-building techniques for creating ceramic sculpture and related work. Includes discussion of aesthetic issues in contemporary ceramic art. Emphasis will be on the development of each student's artistic and technical interests and abilities, toward the goal of creating an individual collection of works. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 63 or 163, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

171. Printmaking with a Digital Toolbox
Advanced projects in digital printmaking. Students generate their designs using imaging software then create hand-pulled prints using traditional printmaking methods such as stencil, intaglio, lithography, and relief. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 35 or 74 or 174, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

173. Intro to 3D Animation & Modeling/Modeling & Control Rigid Body Dynamics
Mathematical and physical principles of motion of rigid bodies, including movement, acceleration, inertia, and collision. Modeling of rigid body dynamics for three-dimensional graphic simulation; controlling the motion of rigid bodies in robotic applications. May be repeated twice for credit. Open to majors or permission of instructor. Also listed as COEN 165. (5 units)

174. Computer Imaging
Continuation and extension of ARTS 74. Students create original, digital artwork through comprehensive assignments using raster and vector-based software. May be repeated twice for credit. (5 units)

175. Graphic Design
Continuation and extension of ARTS 75. Students accomplish graphic design objectives through comprehensive projects. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 74 or 75 or 174, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

176. Advanced Computer Imaging
Designed for the intermediate- to advanced-level digital imaging student. Assignments help students develop conceptual and formal strategies to create a series of related works that center around each student's individual artistic interests. Raster- and vector-based imaging techniques, as well as conceptual content and meaning, will be explored in depth through practice and discussion. Prerequisite: ARTS 74 or 174, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

177. Website Graphic Design
An intermediate course in the design process of aesthetically developing websites. Theoretical discussions of user interface design and the creation of graphical navigation systems. Students will focus on research, typography, layout, hierarchy, and branding to visually communicate a concept developed for Web media. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 74, 75, 174, or 175, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

178. Advanced Graphic Design
In-depth exploration of graphic design through advanced projects. Students will concentrate on the use of professional templates and guidelines to explore both the fine art and commercial uses of digital media within graphic design. Experimentation and creative play through advanced applications and practices. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: ARTS 75 or 175, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

179. Introduction to Two-Dimensional Animation
In-depth exploration of two-dimensional animation and digital storytelling. Students create storyboards, flipbooks, and vector/-raster based animation. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 74, 75, 174, or 175, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

180. Advanced Graphic Design Production
In-depth exploration of graphic design through advanced projects. This class will explore both the fine art and commercial uses of digital media within graphic design. Students will concentrate on engineering professional templates to create complex projects that focus on package design, interactive publications, and advanced design materials. The class fosters experimentation through advanced applications and practices. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: One course from ARTS 74, 75, 174, or 175, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

181. Digital Illustration and Design Theory
In-depth exploration of two-dimensional design and practice through the use of vector-based software. This class covers basic design theory, which is applicable and fundamental to all two-dimensional mediums. Students will focus on complex illustration practices and techniques specific to vector-based software. Prerequisite: ARTS 74 or 174, or permission of instructor. (5 units)

194. Peer Educator in Studio Art
Peer educators in studio artwork closely with a faculty member to help individual students in studio arts courses with the proper use of tools and materials, as well as mastering course content. Peer educators will encourage students in their creative work in both individual and collaborative activities. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (1-2 units)

196A. Studio Art Seminar
Exploration of and preparation for primarily academic postgraduate options in studio art. Includes portfolio and presentation development; artist statements and résumé writing; photographing artwork; and field trips to studios of artists, designers, and graduate schools. Required for studio art majors, recommended in junior year. Formerly ARTS 196. (5 units)

196B. Capstone Senior Exhibit
Senior studio art majors will sign up for an independent study course with a faculty member. The faculty member will advise and direct the student through the process of installation and presentation of their senior exhibit. Students will work directly with the instructor to design and edit their exhibits. Grading considerations include quality of the exhibition, the quality of the presentation (display, hanging, etc.), professional conduct, and the associated artist statement. Required for studio art majors. Must be taken during the quarter of the senior exhibit, normally spring quarter. Prerequisite: ARTS 196A. Formerly ARTS 195. (2 units)

197. Special Projects
This course is for advanced students who wish to pursue an art project not covered by courses in this Bulletin, under the direction of a studio art faculty member. Students will have group meetings to discuss progress with one another and with faculty member. May be repeated twice for credit. Open to majors or permission of instructor. (1-5 units)

198. Internship/Practicum
Individual projects in conjunction with a professional visual arts organization. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisite: Written proposal must be approved by supervisory studio art faculty member and department chair. (1-5 units)

199. Directed Research/Creative Project
Tutorial work in studio art. May be repeated for credit, but no more than 5 units will count toward the major. Prerequisite: Course outline and schedule of instructor/student meetings must be approved by studio art faculty member and department chair 10 days prior to registration. (1-5 units)